Brown Butter Is Magical In the Kitchen, Here’s How To Use It


You know when you put a piece of butter in the pan and walk away for two seconds only to come back and it’s turned golden brown? Well, the next time that happens, you don’t have to start over. Brown butter is one of those magical ingredients in the kitchen that can be your secret weapon. It’ll add a rich, nutty taste to anything you make. You’ll immediately recognize the toasty aroma when you walk into the kitchen. Brown butter is easy to make and, chances are, you’ve already made it without realizing it.

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When you’re making brown butter, you need a pan and a rubber spatula. DAS IT. Melt either salted or unsalted butter over medium heat in a sauté pan and swirl it around until it melts and begins to foam. Keep swirling the pan around to avoid splattering. Use a light-colored pan so you can keep tabs on the color of your butter.

Keep constantly stirring with a spatula until you start to see dark golden flecks appear, which are browned milk solids. You’ll start to smell a nutty and toasty aroma and then you’ll want to take the pan off of the heat. Transfer the butter to a heat-proof bowl (can be glass, ceramic, metal or plastic). Give it a good stir and you’re ready to go.

You can add brown butter to all kinds of savory and sweet recipes. Use it to make brown butter blondies with pecans and vanilla ice cream or salty browned butter chocolate chip cookies. You can make an easy snack with maple bourbon brown butter granola or go savory and try gnocchi with brown butter and sage sauce topped with red pepper flakes and grated parmesan. If you’re into scallops, trying this recipe for scallops with herbed brown butter.

Drizzle this handy ingredient over cauliflower with brown butter, pumpkin seeds, cilantro and lime juice. For a healthy-ish twist, you can try this spinach salad with a honey brown butter dressing. For a condiment that you’ll want to put on everything from chicken to veggies to grits to ice cream, try this hot sauce brown butter.

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